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Closing a budget and setting a 2019 budget

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Closing a budget and setting a 2019 budget

Hello, @sbenenson.


Thank you for reaching out to the Community. I'll be happy to help you close and set up a new budget.


To close your budget for 2018, you'd have to close your books. Closing the books generally refers to the accounting process of zeroing out your Income and Expense accounts and recording your company's Net Profit or Loss on the Balance Sheet.


Closing the books lets you control changes to transactions dated before the end of the fiscal year.

At the end of the year, QuickBooks Online automatically closes out your Income and Expense accounts and rolls up your net profit or loss into your Retained Earnings account.


To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Select the Gear icon on the Toolbar.

  2. Under Your Company, choose Account and Settings (or Company Settings).

  3. From the left menu, select Advanced.

  4. In the Accounting section, select the pencil (edit) icon to open the fields for editing.

  5. Select the Close the books checkbox.
  6. Enter a Closing Date.
    Transactions dated on or before this date cannot be changed without warning.
  7. Select either Allow changes after viewing a warning or Allow changes after viewing a warning and entering a password from the drop-down list to specify how to manage attempts to save transactions dated prior to the closing date.
    If you select Allow changes after viewing a warning and entering a password, the password fields appear.
  8. Enter a closing date password in the Password and Confirm Password fields.
  9. Select Save.

  10. Select Done.

You can find more information about closing your books, here.


For information on how to create, edit, and manage budgets, click here


Please keep me posted on your results with this here, the Community has you covered. Thanks again, I'll be standing by for your response.

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